On 19 May, Professor Austyn Snowden of Napier University Scotland (and part of ERICH - a research institute initiated by chaplains for chaplains to enhance spiritual care practice) invited CPSP-affiliated chaplains to join in a major world-wide research project about chaplains serving during the pandemic. Specifically, he writes:
“The worldwide pandemic has influenced the way spiritual care has been delivered in health care. Some even say that spiritual care will never be the same after we have been forced to find other ways to connect with people, to do rituals, to support staff, and so on.
With your help, we would like to get a better insight in how the pandemic influenced you and your spiritual care. Having a better understanding of this will help us better advocate for chaplaincy and spiritual care during future pandemics or other crises. It will also help us keep new practices that may have been beneficial in the ‘new normal’.
This survey was put together by teams in Europe, the USA, and Australia, led by the European Research Institute for Chaplains in Health Care (ERICH www.chaplaincyresearch.eu). Thanks also to our colleagues from professional associations and research organizations around the world who have been happy to promote and disseminate this survey as widely as possible. It is open for chaplains of all continents.
We have the approval of the university ethics committee of KU Leuven, Belgium, to conduct this research. The survey doesn’t ask for any personal data, and your anonymity is guaranteed. You should know that the data from the surveys will be held securely, but that it will also be analyzed by the teams in Europe, the USA, and Australia. This is so we can maximize our understanding of what we sincerely hope will be a very large dataset.
Please take some time to fill in the survey which you can find at: https://survey.napier.ac.uk/n/ERICHg.aspx
It will take you 20 to 30 min. If you wish, you can answer the open questions in your own language.*
Finally, we would like to thank you for all you did and are doing for patients, their loved ones, and staff."
With respect and gratitude,
David Plummer, Chair
CPSP Past Co-President [Diplomate]
*Al investigar un poco el sitio de ERICH, han publicado el siguiente YouTube que describe su proyecto en español: https://youtu.be/HqYY5YwGGbw.
Translation: In probing the ERICH website a bit, they have posted the following YouTube which describes their project in Spanish.]